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Adobe After Effects 2020

Course Description

8 Hours 7 Minutes

56 Videos

Adobe After Effects enables you to add special effects and animation to graphics-related projects. After Effects teaches you to animate, alter, and composite media using various tools and special plugins. This program is the industry-standard software for motion-graphics pros, web designers and visual effect artists for video editing.  In this course, students can learn how to use After Effects without having any prior knowledge of the program so both beginners and intermediate users will benefit from this course.

Throughout the course, students will learn the very basics of the program and how to navigate the software.  Following the introduction, more advanced features are introduced such as getting to know the workflow, creating a basic animation using effects, presets animating text, working with shape layers, animating a multimedia presentation and more!

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Course Syllabus

Module 1: Getting Started

  1. 1.1 Course Introduction
  2. 1.2 Keyboard Shortcuts
  3. 1.3 Keyboard Tips
  4. 1.4 Things to Do Before Starting

Module 2: Getting to Know the Workflow

  1. 2.1 General Interface and Starting a Project
  2. 2.2 Basic Title Animation Using Keyframes
  3. 2.3 Keyframe Interpolation and Keyframe Assistan
  4. 2.4 Renaming a Composition
  5. 2.5 Soloing a Layer for Individual Edits
  6. 2.6 Interface Continued: Tool bar, Timeline panel, Preferences, Workspaces
  7. 2.7 Render and Export

Module 3: Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

  1. 3.1 Importing Files from Bridge and Creating a New Composition
  2. 3.2 Horizontal Type Tool and Guides
  3. 3.3 Controls, Effects and Presets for Titles and Logos

Module 4: Animating Text

  1. 4.1 Create and Stylize a Text Layer With the Characters and Paragraph Panels
  2. 4.2 Preview and Apply Text Animation Presets and Use Keyframes
  3. 4.3 Animate Layers Using Parenting
  4. 4.4 Editing and Animating Imported Photoshop Text
  5. 4.5 Install Fonts Using Adobe Fonts

Module 5: Working With Shape Layers

  1. 5.1 Create and Customize a Shape with Shape Tool
  2. 5.2 Self Animating Shape with a Wiggle Path (green marker)
  3. 5.3 Create and Customize a Shape with Pen Tool
  4. 5.4 Snap Layers
  5. 5.5 Animating Shape Layers with Path Operations
  6. 5.6 Creating Nulls from Paths

Module 6: Animating a Multimedia Presentation

  1. 6.1 Animate Multiple Layers Using Parenting
  2. 6.2 Precomposing Layers
  3. 6.3 Keyframing a Motion Path
  4. 6.4 Animating a Character to Create Movement
  5. 6.5 Animating Precomposed Layers with Effects

Module 7: Animating Photoshop Layers

  1. 7.1 Animating Change in Light
  2. 7.2 Animating Birds Flying with a Track Mat
  3. 7.3 Animating Shadows and Using Corner Pin
  4. 7.4 Adding a Lens Flare Effect
  5. 7.5 Render Composition and Retime
  6. 7.6 Use the Graph Editor to Remap Time

Module 8: Working With Masks

  1. 8.1 Setup a Basic Mask
  2. 8.2 Refine and Apply Mask
  3. 8.3 Creating a Reflection with a Mask and Blending Modes
  4. 8.4 Create a Vignette

Module 9: Distorting Objects with the Puppet Tools

  1. 9.1 Puppet Position Pen Tool
  2. 9.2 Starch Pins
  3. 9.3 Manually Animate with Puppet Tool
  4. 9.4 Automate Animation Using Puppet Sketch Tool

Module 10: Using the Roto Brush Tool

  1. 10.1 Extract Foreground Object from Background and Create a Mat
  2. 10.2 Touch Up a Mat with the Refine Edge Tool
  3. 10.3 Edit or Replace the Separated Background

Module 11: Performing Color Correction

  1. 11.1 Set up Composition and Use Levels to Start Balancing the Color
  2. 11.2 Basic Color Grading with Lumetri Color Effects
  3. 11.3 Use Basic Masking, Tracking and Keying to Replace the Background
  4. 11.4 Use an Adjustment Layer to Create a Global Color Effect
  5. 11.5 Gaussian Blur Effect

Module 12: Creating Motion Graphics Templates

  1. 12.1 Add New Font with Adobe Fonts and Create a Title with Basic Effects
  2. 12.2 Using Adjustment Layers to Apply a Specific Effect
  3. 12.3 Use Essential Graphics Panel to Build Custom Controls and Share as a Template
  4. 12.4 Create Checkboxes to Toggle Visibility of a Background Image
  5. 12.5 Protect Portions of a Project from Time Stretching and Export Template

Some of the key features of Adobe After Effects 2020 include:

  1. Motion Graphics Templates: These are pre-designed animations that can be customized and used in your projects.
  2. 3D Design Space: This allows users to create and manipulate 3D elements directly in After Effects.
  3. Improved Expression Editor: This feature simplifies the process of writing complex expressions, making it easier to create more advanced animations.
  4. Roto Brush 2: This tool allows users to quickly and accurately isolate moving objects in footage for compositing and effects work.
  5. Advanced Puppet Engine: This feature allows users to easily animate characters and objects using deformers.
  6. Content-Aware Fill for Video: This feature intelligently fills in missing areas of footage using nearby pixels, making it easier to remove unwanted objects or elements.

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